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Organic Matters

Garden Organic’s monthly e-newsletter

April edition

April is when the growing season really starts to get going, Birdsong, spring blossom and sunshine lift the heart. There are seeds to sow and seedlings to plant out.

In this issue we share information published in a new paper on the terrifying loss of insects worldwide. Read our update on a US jury that concluded that Roundup weedkiller caused cancer. You can tune in to our April podcast and the results are in from the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. We’re also appealing for your continued support with our Fighting Fund – your contributions no matter how small will help us to achieve our goals.

As always, you can keep up to date between editions via our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and, for Garden Organic members, The Organic Way.

2019 AGM & Members’ Day at St Fagans National Museum of Welsh History

We would love you to join us for our 2019 Annual General Meeting and Members’ Day, taking place within the inspirational surroundings of St Fagans National Museum of Welsh History, near Cardiff. We’re looking forward to a full programme of talks & activities. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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Latest news & hot topics

Terrifying loss of insects worldwide

The number of insects is falling at such a perilous rate that if nothing is done to halt the decline, our own future could be at risk. This is the conclusion published in a new paper in the journal Biological Conservation. The review looked at 75 different studies covering a range of insect groups from around the globe, and the results are startling.

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US jury finds Roundup weedkiller caused cancer

Another case has hit the headlines about the weedkiller Roundup (which contains glyphosate). A US jury found unanimously that it caused cancer.  They awarded over $80m to the defendant, Edwin Hardeman, who sadly contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) after using Roundup for over 30 years since the 1980s.

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Top Tips for April

  • Wait for the soil to warm before sowing outdoors
  • Add a spring feed of homemade compost around perennials
  • Remove weeds, keeping a few for pollinators

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Further updates & information

Fighting Fund Appeal 2019 Make YOUR voice heard

Without our members’ support our achievements wouldn’t be possible. Campaigning takes a lot of time and money. Your contributions, no matter how small, have helped, and will help, us achieve our goals. In return, we promise to further the organic campaign; to stand up for the small-scale grower, and influence the decision-makers.

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Tune in to the April edition of our podcast

This month we share our tips on seed sowing and slug control. Chris Collins meets John Noble, whose inspiring work in HMP Rye Hill involves working with offenders – using organic gardening to help deal with their substance abuse. And our postbag includes queries on comfrey and when to plant out seedlings.

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Campaign to make Brighton and Hove pesticide free

We’re joining PAN-UK in their latest campaign to make towns and cities pesticide free. Their current action is in Brighton & Hove Council – ahead of the city-wide council elections on 2nd May. If you live in the city, you can contact the election candidates, asking them to pledge to end the Council’s use of toxic pesticides in the city’s public spaces

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Results from RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results show a mixed picture for UK’s garden birds. House sparrow, starling and blue tit remain at the top of the rankings. But for many species, including wrens and long-tailed tits, fewer birds were recorded than in 2018.

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One man and his organic plot – April

Chris is getting stuck in down at the allotment and everything is ready to go. He’s filling his propagators and has runner bean wig-wams ready in anticipation of all the HSL legumes he’s growing. Chris also travelled to Wales to meet up with Garden Organic trustee & Seed Guardian, Adam Alexander.

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Sustrans School Street event, helps residents in Birmingham feel healthier!

Our education team were delighted to attend a Sustrans School Street event as part of our role in Move More Eat Well. The street outside Cofton Primary School was closed and made car free for the day so children could cycle, scoot & play safely as well as taking part in food growing activities.

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